Do you remember that feeling when your teacher handed back a paper you wrote. They always turned them face down on your desk, and you paused a second to summon the courage to flip it over and see your grade. You thought it was an A paper, but what if the teacher didn’t like it? You’d swear your desk became the front car of a roller coaster, just about to crest that first stomach-flipping drop. With shaky hands, the moment of truth came. Would it be pure joy or would I be sorry I got on board?
My moment, my first paper, just came. I submitted my book to an impartial third-party review company. I got a text this morning that my first review was done. The teacher just slammed my paper face-down on my desk. I just needed to open my laptop to see what the grade was. As I logged in, that familiar feeling came back. Did they like it? Did they get me and my style of writing? With that roller coaster inching its way to the top of the first hill, the report opened–Congratulations on your 5-star review!
What? This must be a mistake. But it seemed safe to read what they wrote. Hmm, they like the book. They picked out how it is different from others in its genre. They picked up on my writing style, calling it friendly and ruthless (sounds like someone who knows me well). I kept reading, enjoying the smaller hills, and relieved the coaster came to a stop without anything bad happening. Time to hop out and do it again. Maybe the next review will have some parts I don’t like, similar to the coasters with the big shoulder harnesses I don’t care for, but this was easy to take, like Nitro at Great Adventure – now there’s a roller coaster.
Here it is:
Reviewed By Arya Fomonyuy for Readers’ Favorite
Hidden with Christ: Breaking Free from the Grip of Your Past by Lisa J. Radcliff is another interesting book I have read about inner freedom and emotional health this year, a story that follows one woman’s experience of childhood abuse and her journey towards real freedom in Jesus Christ. In this book, the author chronicles her pain and deception from the abuses by some persons in her life, but curiously, this isn’t a story of despair, or a cry in the dark. It is a story of hope and ultimate redemption in Christ, and readers will understand how the author writes about the the healing love and inscrutable ways of God.
Lisa J. Radcliff’s book carries a very powerful and life-altering message — our past does not determine who we are, and no matter how much we have been abused and hurt, we can always find redemption in the love of God. The book is written in a friendly manner and the author’s voice comes across as honest, in a ruthless kind of way. It is hard to read this book without feeling a deep sense of compassion for the author, but readers will feel inspired and encouraged to walk past their hurts and embrace the life that lies before them. I enjoyed the conversational tone of the writing and the insightful messages. Hidden with Christ: Breaking Free from the Grip of Your Past is a wonderful gift of faith, a gift that will help readers rediscover their past and break free from the prisons of that past. A very inspiring read!